Skip to main content

Reply to this post | See parent post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Sep 5, 2009 5:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie Serial PD Check

Just a further note on Dick Tracy. It seems that the film, television and "other" rights to Dick Tracy are the subject of a legal battle between Warren Beatty and Tribune Media Services. The Dick Tracy trademark is registered to Tribune Media Services.
I have yet to find verification for which company or person currently owns the rights to the last 3 Republic serials. However, I have just read that they were made without proper authorisation and that transfer of ownership was the result of a settlement long ago. I don't know if that is completely true or not.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-09-05 12:35:34

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 5, 2009 9:32am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie Serial PD Check

The plot and controversy thickens around DT and hZ boyZ. I say the VHS and Laser discs say republic has the copyright. the Kit parker has nothing on tracy; I used their search engine but got nothing. As mentioned previously, AC comics has put them out NOT the VCI DVDs. therefore it is not VCI who hold the rights. For that would cut into their pocket books if they had exclusive or exhaustive rights.

Thanks for the input. Video-cellar

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Sep 5, 2009 6:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie Serial PD Check

The Copyrights in the all three serials (and the condensed versions) seem to be valid. So the items are not public domain. Looking back at some of the notices that I have seen appear on items from around the world. It does look like they were listed under their original copyright registration data. Some old VHS tapes also mention that DT is a property of Tribune Media Services and is used under their permission. I think the safest assumption is that the serials' copyrights are either owned or controlled by the publisher outright or as agent for Chester Gould's Estate.

Looks like AC Comics sells DVDs from a collection of pretty standard bootleg operations. Looked at their DVD page most of the releases are copyright films and serials. There are even some multiple levels of copyright infringement. They have the colourised Crimson Ghost. Republic renewed the serial and registered the coloured version as a derivative work in the 90s. It doesn't seem too likely that the DT DVDs at AC Comics are legit releases.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-09-06 01:00:00